Whale Monitoring & Rescue

Understanding and protecting Alaska’s whales

The cold and icy waters around Alaska are home to several species of whales. The Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund supports the work of the Alaska Whale Foundation (AWF), a nonprofit organization that protects and studies whales.

One aspect of the AWF’s multifaceted work involves collaborating with other research groups to implement and develop passive monitoring technology. Through visual and auditory monitoring, scientists can learn more about the presence and vocal behavior of whales around Alaska. AWF scientists then publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals, adding to the scientific knowledge of the field and spreading conservation awareness.

The AWF also responds to whales in distress as a member of the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network. If a whale becomes entangled in fishing line, the AWF, along with the U.S. Coast Guard and National Marine Fisheries Service, responds and attempts to cut the whale loose, oftentimes saving its life.

Thanks to guest donations to the LEX-NG Fund, the AWF can continue its work to save and study the whales in Alaska’s waters.

The Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund aims to protect the last wild places in the ocean while facilitating conservation, research, education, and community development programs in the places we explore. If you would like to learn more about projects supported by the LEX-NG Fund worldwide, please contact the Fund by email. To support our work by making a contribution to the LEX-NG Fund, click here.

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